You use your iPhone for everything, so why not set it up as a cycling computer, too? Using technology from ANT+, the Wahoo Bike Pack includes a bar-mounted, waterproof case for your iPhone and a wireless speed and cadence sensor. Linked up with Wahoo Fitness App, it tracks all your fitness data: power, bike speed, heart rate, etc., plus it connects wirelessly to any other ANT+ devices you’re already using.
If you’re a big fan of Nike and technology but you’re not a runner, the whole Nike+ thing is pretty much useless to you. But now they’re launching Nike+ for basketball and training. Instead of tracking just distance and routes, this new app-driven “experience” charts jump height, hustle, and quickness. Available June 29, 2012.
Hardcore cyclists are obsessed with weight. Ever notice how bony the pros are? Well, Delta 7 bikes might end their manorexia epidemic. They produce high performance handmade frames in the USA using carbon fiber and a proprietary design called IsoTruss Technology. Instead of making solid tubes, they create a tubular matrix structure that looks more or less like macramé. The result, a road frame that is rigid and durable yet weighs in at only 2.3 pounds. Eat up guys, it’s okay now.
Some people head to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding to disconnect. Yeah, these people actually want to get away from talking on their phones. For the rest of us, there’s a new gizmo called the Speakgoggle that will help seamlessly and simply combine Bluetooth phone conversations and skiing. Paired with your smartphone, it’s an intercom system built right into the goggle strap that will also let you listen to music. Plus, with its bug-eyed styling it looks hella space age. Take that, recluses.
Working out is no longer about pumping iron or getting cardio with old-fashioned roadwork. These days it involves brutal stuff more like actual roadwork. Swinging a pitchfork, carrying logs, or flipping tractor tires ’til your veins burst is standard for popular Crossfit and Seal Training workouts. It’s more dynamic and supposedly more fun. In fact, you won’t believe how fun it is to lift and carry heavy bags of sand from point A to Point B. The heavy-duty sandbags from Brute Force come in a range of sizes and capacities that (unfortunately) won’t make it any easier, just less messy.
Thanks to Miveu’s upcoming unit that turns your iPhone 4S into a POV cam, you can capture sweet digital videos of all your exploits without being one of those guys with a little video camera suction-cupped to his helmet. The Miveu functions by way of a wide-angle glass lens that attaches with a sturdy protective phone case. The tactile shutter can easily be pressed with gloves or gear on and gives a cool perspective that makes the helmet heads look even dorkier. Dorkier is a word, right?
Suunto is known for making powerful, portable sports instruments like heart monitors, altimeters, and the like. Now, they’ve released the Ambit GPS watch, a sturdy, streamlined watch that works great for everyday use but also packs some serious tech. It combines a GPS navigation system, altimeter, 3D compass and advanced heart rate monitoring called FusedSpeedTM. This technology works to keep you in your peak training zone for optimum training. All your workout data is stored for analysis online at Suunto’s site Movescount.com. Available March 2012.
Unlike running shoes, tennis shoes need to be seriously sturdy. The demands of high-speed stop and start lateral motion deem it absolutely necessary. Leave it to Nike to be the ones who figure out how to engineer the comfort and lightness of a Zoom runner with the beefy support of a performance tennie. They did it. It’s called the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour and Swiss ace Roger Federer helped design them.
If your training routine goes beyond mere OCD and involves stat charts and performance mapping, Magellan has a couple nice, new GPS-enabled training watches for you. Running, swimming, endurance and self-punishment of all sorts can be counted, tracked, measured, and reported all from the convenience of your wrist, mid-workout. Available Spring 2012.
Nike’s latest addition to your golf bag is still in “pre-order only” status, but this lightweight aluminum putter is worth a look right now. It’s got a steel body and an aluminum face plus its unique design looks like a blade but swings with the stability of a much larger and heavier mallet.